Dependents of troops in Iraq, Afghanistan due a free CA benefit
Effective immediately, the Columbia Association will offer a free one-year package plan membership to dependents of residents deployed in support of operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
The service member must be deployed outside Maryland. Dependents must provide verification that they live on Columbia Association-assessed property and will continue to do so during their family-member's deployment.
Eligible residents must submit appropriate proofs.
Jewish women's group to staff gift-wrap booth
The National Council of Jewish Women, Howard County Section, and Howard County General Hospital's Volunteer Auxiliary will staff their gift-wrap booth on the upper level of The Mall in Columbia through Christmas Eve.
The cost for gift-wrapping ranges from $1 to $5, depending on the size of the box. Extra-large boxes cost more to wrap.
Proceeds will go to community organizations and causes.
Cat Club holding adoption show today
The Howard County Cat Club will hold an adoption show from noon to 3 p.m. today at the Columbia PetCo on Old Dobbin Lane.
Cats of all stripes will be available for adoption.
All the cats are neutered or spayed, have current vaccinations and have been tested for feline leukemia and FIV. Adoptive families will be asked to complete an application and sign an adoption contract. The cost is $95 for one cat; $145 for two.
The club works to prevent cats from being turned in at shelters, providing free behavior consultations by phone and e-mail, helping owners place their unwanted cats and offering foster care for cats in need of temporary emergency shelter.
Volunteers and foster homes are always needed.
Information: 410-730-3679, or www.howardcountycats.pet finder.com.
CA budget panel plans discussion on debt
The Columbia Association's Budget Committee invites residents to a public discussion of the association's debt at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 3 at Columbia Association headquarters, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia.
Discussion will touch on the appropriate level of debt for the association and how its debt should be managed.
Mothers & More group seeks new members
Working and at-home mothers are invited to join a national support group, Mothers & More, committed to addressing the personal needs and interests of women during their child-rearing years.
Local chapter meetings are held twice a month on Wednesday evenings in the Howard County area.
Information: 410-455-0498, or www.mothersandmore.org.
Cooperative Ministry selling Christmas trees
The Columbia Cooperative Ministry is offering Christmas trees for sale from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays through Thursday at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia.
Twenty-five percent of proceeds will go to Heifer Project International, which provides livestock and training to help families around the world become self-sufficient.
Douglas fir, Scotch and white pine and blue spruce trees are available. The trees range from 6 to 10 feet tall.
Information: George Martin, 410-730-7862.
Volunteers being sought for a hearing study
The Howard County Office on Aging is recruiting volunteers, ages 50 and older, for a research study on hearing.
Volunteers, who will be paid $20 for their participation, will be asked to take a two-hour course, "Now Hear This: Tips for Better Hearing at Home," next month or in February. Tips include strategies for hearing better both at home and in the community. Those who wear a hearing aid may also find the course useful.
The course, which is being offered in partnership with Ideas Consulting Inc., will be offered in a classroom and on the Web. The study's purpose is to determine how people learn best. A follow-up is planned to evaluate results.
Information: Regina Jenkins, 410-313-1417.
Free home repairs offered to those who qualify
Rebuilding Together with Christmas in April, Howard County, a nonprofit home-rehabilitation program for low-income homeowners, is offering free repairs to elderly, disabled or low-income homeowners.
The goal is to provide a warm, dry, safe environment, so homeowners can live in independence and dignity.
Applications should be submitted as soon as possible. To apply: 410-381-3338, or www. howardcounty.rebuilding together.org.